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Library : Book Reviews > Tonka: Working Hard...

Tonka: Working Hard With the Mighty Backhoe
By Justine Korman

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     Another of my sonís favorite, this Tonka book is all about, you guessed it, the mighty backhoe! A little boy named Billy has just moved into the neighborhood and was only able to take one toy with him in the moving truck. Billy chose his backhoe. Billy knows everything there is to know about backhoes, like how they can dig like an excavator and doze like a bulldozer. Backhoes can load like a loader and so much more! Maybe thatís why it is Billyís favorite machine. When his mother shows Billy an area in his new backyard where he may dig with his backhoe, he gets right to work. He can hear other boys playing with their toys over the fence and asks if he may join them. They tell Billy that they do not need a backhoe so Billy plays by himself imagining all the things he can do ! When the other boys hear Billy absorbed in his game they are eager to have him join in their game, but Billy already knew that. Everybody needs a backhoe! 
     This Tonka book goes into great details about what a backhoe can do and what it is used for. Besides enjoying the story line, every little boy would be interested in the magic behind this mighty machine. My son became eager to learn exactly how this truck worked and also how it could change its attachments, like taking off the big scoop to add a hydraulic hammer, so the men at the construction site could break up the rocks in their way. Very informative with lots of colorful pictures, this one would be perfect for the 2-8 year old construction man in your life!

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